Candy Canes and Cookie Cutters 


While I can spend hours thread-painting a detail on one of my critters, I have the patience of a flea when it comes to functional patchwork quilts. So it was that I found myself staring at a pattern for my beloved Basic Grey 🎄collection of a few years ago…which called for a bazillion HSTs. The only sensible thing to do was to tear up the pattern and go rogue!

Once I got the piece onto my long arm, I decided to have some fun with thread. Any number of colors would have worked…but I decided to go for a candy cane effect. Red and white went through the needle, red in the bobbin. 

Next, I stared at the tin of Christmas cookie cutters that had gone into retirement when I became an empty-nester. Using a Frixion marking pen, I traced candy canes and angels and snowflakes in random places, then carefully stitched over them (connecting with a basic lasso stitch). So much fun! And the quilt was finished before Christmas that year ;).



Tomorrow’s topic, a holiday reading suggestion: a very cozy mystery from one of my favorite authors (and friends :)!)

PS You can, of course, have fun doing organic shapes such as holly and Christmas trees while stitching freehand…

3 thoughts on “Candy Canes and Cookie Cutters 

  1. Sally Maxwell

    Did I miss the whole piece? If you didn’t piece HSTs, what pattern did you use? and BTW brilliant idea for the quilting!

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    1. neonkittyquilts Post author

      Hi Sally! The piecing was nothing to write home about…I cut all of the fabric from the kit into jelly-roll size trips and did the top third on the horizontal and the bottom two-thirds on the vertical. This is the only picture I could find that did not include a cat obscuring most of the quilt ;).

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